By Dr David
This often comes as a surprise, since we're some distance from
both of those counties, but I think it's exactly right.
ARE FOUR EXAMPLES OF EAST ANGLIAN PRONUNCIATION STILL HEARD IN KENT:
"runn'n', fish'n', shoot'n" etc. for running, fishing,
shooting (this is distinct from Cockney runnin', fishin' etc., which
can be heard in the larger Kent towns).
"goo, rood, boot" for go, road, boat.
"Oi moight" for I might.
"toon, Toozdy, doo" etc. for tune, Tuesday, dew.
This is called 'yod dropping', and many of us do it to a small extent
(e.g. nooz for news), but it's only in East Anglia that it happens
accents are very different from those of the West Country, with which
they're often confused: they don't pronounce r in car, part etc. and the
a in words like past is very different too. But why are we finding them
seems to be that there probably was once an Eastern dialect continuum
extending down from the Wash to include most of Kent.
Linguistically, we're now rather cut off from the rest of East Anglia,
because the London influence both in the southern half of Essex (and in
the larger Kent towns) has drowned out the traditional forms.
But in places further away from London, such as north Essex near Colchester,
or Suffolk and Norfolk, you'll find similar pronunciations to those used
in many Kentish villages.
to all those who've phoned or written in, or contacted the Voices website
with some very interesting observations. Keep them coming!
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